Feb 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
is obviously a top priority of president obama's second term, and it's also high on the agenda of this country's labor movement. but it hasn't always been that way. in 1924 president calvin coolidge who was backed by the american federation of labor signed the johnson act and that established immigration quotas limit the number of immigrants who could come to america. back then the afl also aligned it's a with quasi fascist groups like the american defense society which deemed many immigrants genetically inferior. and the hart seller act discontinued quotas based on national origin. they feared competition from new immigrants who were willing to work for lower wages. so why do america's unions now favor immigration reform? let's ask uaw president bob king, he is joining us tonight from washington, d.c. where he is attending his community conference. welcome back inside "the war room." >> great to be with you. >> jennifer: looking at this history and knowing that not too long ago they were proposed to immigrants, why has labor changed its tune? >> from the
Feb 4, 2013 3:00pm PST
a visit. he called on congress to follow the city's lead and expand federal background checks. >> obama: all of the folks standing here behind me today, they are the ones on the front line of this fight. they see the awful consequences the lives lost the families shattered. they know what works. they know what doesn't work and they know how to get things done without regard for politics. >> jennifer: they might not be political, but they do have a lot of political power. in an historic moment today, house gop members actually got on board with a bill to curve gun trafficking, and the reason they supported it because it had the backing of law enforcement officials, joining me now is the mayor of minneapolis, r.t. rybak. mayor, welcome back inside "the war room." >> good to be here. >> jennifer: you had a good day today featuring and highlighting what you guys are doing in minneapolis in the push for gun safety. tell us how you see this working. will you end for example -- will minneapolis end contracts with gun companies if they don't back certain safety measures?